September was the second outing for the Kent Goes Purple campaign to raise awareness of the opioid abuse crisis that continues to plague Kent County, the Eastern Shore, Maryland and the rest of the nation.

The Kent Goes Purple campaign continues to be a success. We thank everyone who helped organize, who raised money, who came out to events like the kickoff color run and the Purple Jamboree in Worton Park and who put a purple light in a window. As more people are armed with knowledge, we can better position ourselves to fight the opioid epidemic and to end the overdose deaths — there were seven this year as of Sept. 11, all related to fentanyl, according to the county health officer.

Raising awareness of an issue only goes so far. Once people know there is the problem, the next step has to be education. They need to know why the problem exists, how it continues to grow and what we can do as individuals and as a community to address it. We have joined with Kent Goes Purple to try to provide that additional education component.

Kent Goes Purple organizers also brought in Tony Hoffman, a BMX champion and recovering opioid addict, to speak to students and community members. In listening to Hoffman’s presentation Monday at Washington College, we heard about the need for greater education regarding the resources available to help those fighting with addiction and to assist their families.

We think this is perhaps the most important component of the educational initiative for Kent Goes Purple. Most of us know the story now of how the opioid epidemic came to be, but many of us may still be in the dark as to where to get help for ourselves or for our family members, friends or co-workers who need it. So we offer below a list of resources.

Local Resources

Crisis Hotline: 888-407-8018

Maryland's Helpline: Call 211, press 1 or text your zip code to 898-211 (TXT-211)

Mid-Shore's I Wish I Knew text line: Text IWIK to 71441

Parent Support Line (NOT A CRISIS LINE): 855-DRUGFREE

SAMHSA’s treatment referral: 800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s prevention lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

Treatment

Community Behavioral Health: 844-224-5264

Eastern Shore Psychological Services: 443-282-0102/0104

A.F. Whitsitt (inpatient) Admissions: 410-778-6404

For All Seasons: 410-822-1018

Support

Recovery in Motion: 410-778-5895

Alcoholics anonymous: 410-822-4226

Narcotics anonymous: 800-317-3222

Al-Anon: 88-4AL-ANON

Peer Support

Recovery in Motion: One-on-one peer support is available Mondays through Fridays. Call Brenna Fox at 410-778-5894 to schedule an appointment.

Chesapeake Voyagers: 410-822-1601

Maryland Coalition of Families: 410-730-8267

Recovery for Shore: recoveryforshore@gmail.com

Drop Boxes

Kent County Sheriff's Department: 104 Vickers Drive Unit B Chestertown. Accepts medication 24 hours/day

Rock Hall Police Department: 5885 N. Main St. Rock Hall

Chestertown Police Department: 601 High St. Chestertown. Accepts medications 24 hours/day

Withdrawal Management

A.F. Whitsitt Center: 410-778-6404

Dover Behavioral Health: 302-741-0140/855-609-9711

Hudson Health Services: 410-219-9000

Peninsula Regional Medical Center: 410-543-6400

Warwick Manor Behavioral Health: 410-943-8108

Medicated Assisted Treatment

New Health: 410-398-0590

Community Behavioral Health: 844-224-5264

A.F. Whitsitt Center (Inpatient): 410-778-6404

Eastern Shore Psychological Services: 443-282-0102/0104

Chesapeake Treatment Services (Methadone): 410-822-7150

BNJ Health Services (Methadone): 410-763-9040

Other

Mock Bedroom "Hope" Trailer: Take a look inside a "teen bedroom" and learn how to spot the signs of possible drug use. This educational initiative is free and available for community organizations. To schedule a visit, call Sheriff John Price at 410-778-2279 or Ginger Gregg at 410-778-7472.

Kent Goes Purple: kentgoespurple@gmail.com or kentgoespurple.org

I Wish I Knew: iwishiknewmidshore.org

Kent County News/Kent Goes Purple special section: www.myeasternshoremd.com/kent_county_news/extras/purple

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